You can’t beat the old South for dark, brooding atmospheric settings, and this book is no exception.
Although, to be fair, this isn’t really the “old” South, as this book is set during WWII.
It follows a small town sheriff who discovers a woman covered in blood, standing over the body of the town’s most prominent man. She claims to be a werewolf, and the city turns into a hotbed of suspicion and fear while the sheriff struggles to find the answer.
The characters in this book ring true. From the poor swamp families to the town’s prostitute, the full breadth of local society is presented, as they struggle to handle the murders that are stalking the town.
From those who truly believe that the woman is a werewolf to those that are hoping to believe it because it’s an easier answer than the alternative, this book demonstrates the way prejudice and self-interest can work with fear to create hysteria and terror in a small community.
I enjoyed this book. It’s less of a beach read and is better suited to a dark, quiet night.
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